PACSUN CUTS UNIT PRESIDENT: Pacific Sunwear of California said Wednesday in a regulatory filing that it is eliminating the position of president at its D.e.m.o. subsidiary, which the skate- and surf-inspired apparel chain is in the process of shuttering. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing said Lou Ann Bett will leave the company on March 15. The company previously said it will close the remaining 154 D.e.m.o. stores as part of its restructuring process. Last May it closed 74 units of the underperforming urban-inspired division. The closing of the stores is expected to be completed this May. The filing also said Bett will be entitled to receive severance benefits under the company's executive severance plan.
EXPRESS APPOINTMENT: Express has named Lisa Gavales executive vice president and chief marketing officer, succeeding John Wendler, who departed in May. "As an independent business, we have established aggressive growth plans that will require strong marketing and visual leadership to ensure that we are clearly articulating our brand to our customers," Michael Weiss, chief executive officer of Express, said. Gavales was most recently Bloomingdale's senior vice president of marketing and was largely responsible for growing the store's e-commerce. Earlier, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Habberstad International.
JAFFERJEE TO RAFAELLA: Rafaella Apparel Group Inc. said it appointed Husein Jafferjee as chief operating officer. Jafferjee was previously at Elie Tahari as chief operating officer. Prior to that, Jafferjee served in a variety of roles at Urban Children's Stores, Henri Bendel and Mexx USA, as well as Bankers Trust Co., Cosmair Inc. and Touche Ross & Co.
VALUE CITY DEAL: Retail Ventures Inc. said it sold an 81 percent ownership stake in its Value City Department Stores business to VCHI Acquisition Co., which is described as a newly formed entity owned by VCDS Acquisition Holdings LLC, Emerald Capital Management LLC and Crystal Value LLC. "Retail Ventures Inc. will receive no net cash proceeds from the sale, will pay a fee of $500,000 to the purchaser and anticipates recognizing an aftertax loss on the transaction," the retailer said in a statement. "As part of the transaction, Retail Ventures Inc. issued warrants to VCHI Acquisition Co. to purchase 150,000 shares of common stock of Retail Ventures at an exercise price of $10 per share, and exercisable within 18 months of the date of the closing of the transaction."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast